Will your MP be our next Democracy Hero and sign the pledge to bring electoral reform back? Use the box to the right to sign the petition and ask them to sign on. And check out if your MP is already on the list here.
Leadnow is launching the Democracy Heroes campaign. The ask is simple: we want MPs to sign a pledge that they will work together to put electoral reform back on the table, so we ensure no one wins 100% of the power with just 39% of the vote ever again. Click here to see who's already signed on!
Here’s the pledge:
I agree that every vote should count and that it's wrong for a party to win 100% of the power with less than half of the vote. I am committed to working within my party to put electoral reform back on the table.
If enough MPs, especially Liberal ones, start signing on, Justin Trudeau will either have to put electoral reform back on the table or face a revolt within his own party.
We’re working on a tight timeline, from now until the end of May, when we've heard there could be a key vote on electoral reform in the House of Commons. If it passes it could help build momentum towards bringing electoral reform back. To get enough MPs on board to make an impact during this key moment in May, we’ll need to determine which MPs will stand with us. But MPs won’t sign onto this pledge unless they get serious pressure from their constituents to do so. That’s where you come in.
Will you take the first step and ask your MP to be a Democracy Hero and sign this pledge to bring electoral reform back?
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What is Proportional Representation?
40% of the votes = 100% of the power
If you feel like your vote doesn’t count, you’re not alone. Thanks to our current first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins, even if they have less than 50% of the vote.
Under FPTP, an MP can win their seat with as little as 30% of the popular vote. That means the other 70% of people who voted for other candidates are left unrepresented.
FPTP means there are millions of wasted votes at each and every election. It also means that parties can win a majority of the seats in Parliament without support from a majority of Canadians.
40% of the votes = 40% of the power
Proportional representation (PR) is the principle that all votes should contribute to the result of an election. With PR, the share of seats a party wins would roughly match their share of the popular vote. No more wasted votes. No more false majority governments.
PR would mean fair elections where every vote counts, more diversity in Parliament, and more collaboration between political parties. It’s used by over 90 countries around the world, including places like Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.
The Leadnow community hasn't endorsed a particular type of PR system yet. Two examples of PR systems that are tried and tested in other parts of the world are Mixed-Member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote. Learn more about them here!
On February 1st, Justin Trudeau announced he was breaking his promise on electoral reform.
Now we've heard there will be one final vote in the House of Commons on May 31st to concur with the Special Committee on Electoral Reform's final report, which recommended proportional representation. If it passes, it could generate the political will and momentum to get the Liberals to come back to the table. But it will only pass if a handful of Liberals decide to be Democracy Heroes and vote in support.
Want your MP to stand up for electoral reform and vote for the motion? Learn how you can take action in your riding.
Over the last week and a half, the Leadnow community responded to what the media called a ‘trial balloon’ from the Prime Minister. Both PM Trudeau and Minister Monsef have said that they aren’t sure they’ve heard strongly that Canadians want these changes, and that they won’t move ahead without ‘broad support’.[2-3]
The Leadnow community thinks that the government should stay strongly committed to this promise - and here’s why